House Speaker Paul Ryan asked that Hillary Clinton be denied access to classified information during the remainder of the presidential campaign because of the email scandal and to "reassure the public that our nation's secrets are secure."
"There is no legal requirement for you to provide Secretary Clinton with classified information, and it would send the wrong signal to all those charged with safeguarding our nation's secrets if you choose to provide her access to this information despite the FBI's findings," the Wisconsin Republican said in a letter
to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday that she was closing the federal government's investigation into Clinton's private email use without charging the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Lynch's announcement came a day after FBI Director James Comey said that he would not recommend criminal charges after its probe during Clinton's four years as secretary of state.
"As a former vice presidential nominee, I am keenly aware that Secretary Clinton is set to begin receiving classified intelligence briefings after the Democratic National Convention," Ryan, the 2012 candidate, told Clapper.
"However, Director Comey stated that 'this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions.'
"Given the FBI’s findings, denying Secretary Clinton access to classified information certainly constitutes appropriate sanctions," Ryan said.
In a separate letter to Comey
, Ryan asked that the FBI's unclassified findings from its investigation because "there are too many unanswered questions."
"No one should be above the law, especially candidates for the presidency," he said. "The stakes are high — the next president of the United States holds the keys to the safety of the American people."
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